BONUS: NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!
Experience an easy-going, languid lifestyle in Italy’s Apulia region, where Mediterranean meals are savored slowly amidst olive groves, ancient seaports and timeless villages. Spend seven nights in seaside Polignano a Mare, and venture out each day to enjoy the unique character that defines Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Marvel at Alberobello’s trulli, conical-roofed limestone homes built without mortar; the ancient cave dwellings in Matera, a 2019 European Capital of Culture; the white hill town of Ostuni; and the baroque city of Lecce. Contrast the seaside lifestyle of Bari and Trani with inland life at a winery and a family-owned olive mill. An exclusive lecture series complements your excursions. Plus, enjoy ample free time to stroll down romantic cobblestone alleys, drink in soul-stirring views of a brilliant blue sea and revel in an easier easy pace of life. This small-group journey features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.
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DAY 1 & 2
Bari, Italy | Polignano a Mare
After touching down at Bari airport, travel with an AHI representative to the beautiful Hotel Covo Dei Saraceni in Polignano a Mare. You’ll quickly fall in love with this little piece of paradise where the enticing scents of ocean breezes and baked bread greet the day and soft sunlight warms the town. Tonight, kick off your adventure as you gather with your fellow travelers to enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Bari | Polignano a Mare
Welcome to the ancient seaport of Bari! Here, boats in gleeful shades of blue, red and yellow bob gently on their moors and birds cruise gracefully above. From its tranquil seafront promenade to the Murat quarter and the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola, encounter Bari’s incredible landmarks. Back in Polignano a Mare, follow winding cobblestones to extraordinary vistas that will delight any budding photographer. Later, gain insight into Apulia’s enduring influence and cultural treasures, followed by a Welcome Reception.
Locorotondo | Alberobello
Travel through the Valle d’Itria to Locorotondo, a picturesque village brimming with curious cummerse, the iconic, photogenic houses with pointed gable roofs. Following a visit to this captivating city, travel through a region deeply rooted in viniculture to a family-owned winery where we’ll sit down to a light lunch and wine tasting. Our next destination, Alberobello, greets us with a panorama of stout-shaped homes topped by distinctive conical rooftops. Later today, explore the Mediterranean tradition of slow food.
Lecce | Ostuni
The aesthetically pleasing town of Lecce hosts a rich artistic heritage as reflected in its baroque façades, such as the 17th-century Basilica of Santa Croce. Nearby, see the awe-inspiring Roman amphitheater from Emperor Hadrian’s era. Continue through the Valle d’Itria to Ostuni where whitewashed buildings drape majestically over a hilltop setting. Ostuni’s web of alleys are highlighted with splashes of color from brightly painted doors to pots of red germaniums.
Polignano a Mare
Today is free to spend how you wish. Bask in the sunshine, visit a new café or restaurant, or search the many boutiques and specialty shops for that perfect souvenir. You may wish to join locals on the alabaster sands of Blue Flag Beach, an easy walk from the heart of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
The timeless city of Matera was named a 2019 European Capital of Culture. As you roam its network of winding streets, you’ll encounter layer upon layer of history, where each turn reveals stone staircases, cave churches and unique habitable grottoes known as sassi that are carved out of limestone. Take some time to soak up the many pleasures of Matera; then return home to learn about Italy’s fascinating cultural heritage.
Trani | Bisceglie
Nestled in the Adriatic’s embrace, this historic seaport is known for its Moscato di Trani wine and 13th-century fort. While walking through Trani, note its distinguishing Norman houses. Continue to a family-run olive mill for a guided tour and lunch. Inhale the herbaceous scent of the orchard and sample the delicious, nutty olive oil, often referred to as “yellow gold.” As the sun sinks into the Adriatic Sea, gather with new friends for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Depart for your home city
After breakfast, bid farewell to Apulia and transfer to Bari airport for your return flights home.
NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.